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About the UWI Development & Endowment Fund

UWI Fete is the cornerstone of The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Development and Endowment Fund. The Fund also organises the UWI Golf Challenge which is held on September 24th each year.

UWI Fete and the UWI Golf Challenge provide the funds necessary to grant bursaries to deserving students. Over the past 23 years more than 3000 bursaries have been awarded by the fund. In 2010, to celebrate 20 years of awarding bursaries principally earned through the UWI Fete, the fund distributed 200 bursaries valued at $1 million.

UWI Fete, the brainchild of Professor Max Richards, then Principal of the Campus, started in 1990. It was the first public “all inclusive” Carnival Fete and the contribution for admission was $100.00. Patrons were greeted with the welcome drink of Brandy Alexander, socialised with colleagues and feted on the tennis court to the music of one band and one DJ.

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About UWI Fete

The action begins on January 24th, 2016 as we fly you to Cuba!

UWI Fete prides itself on its premium experience. These are UWI Fete’s standard offerings:

Premium Food & Drink

Guests are invited to sample offerings from a wide selection of Cuban inspired foods; and to drink richly from our premium bar, fully stocked with the finest rum, scotch, vodka and wines served whichever way you like it.

Complimentary Gifts

Guests will receive a souvenir to thank them for their support for the UWI Fete.   This allows the UWI Development and Endowment Fund to provide bursaries to deserving students and for academic excellence.

Complimentary Taxi Service

Eat, Drink and Relax! When you are ready to head home, let us provide a complimentary ride home. Don’t drink and drive, make sure you have a designated driver.  We want you to arrive home safe and sound.  If you need a lift home, just let us know at the designated booth, near the entrance, on the day of the fete..

Secure Parking

Be worry free while enjoying UWI fete. Our trained security team will keep a watchful eye on your vehicle.

Make-up Booth

Ladies get your make-up done before you party hard, or have a touch-up before you leave. Our team of professional makeup artists are there to make sure you look fabulous throughout your UWI Fete experience.

Steelpan Serenade

Let the lilting tones of our National Instrument, as played by the St. James Tripolians, sing a soothing lullabye after the Fete.

Valet Parking

Yellow Umbrella is pleased and excited to offer our Valet Parking Service to the guests of Cuba: UWI Fete 2016.

Our efficient, modern and seamless service aligns with the ethos of UWI fete as a trailblazer in All-Inclusive events. We aim to further enhance the reputation of the UWI fete as a unique and premiere event, now with an added touch of luxury.

Upon entering Cuba: UWI Fete 2016, guests will be ushered from their cars and greeted by our friendly, professional and well-trained staff.

Less time spent searching for a park and walking to and from the venue, means more time to fete and Escape to Paradise! All cars will be securely parked and our fully ticketless and hassle free systems ensures the ultimate customer driven experience.


Remember the Fun!

Remember the Fun!

Enjoy the sights of UWI Fetes Past! UWI Fete has taken you some some exotic places! Browse all our past UWI Fete Themes!

Rave Reviews for UWI Fete

UWI Fete 2015 – Labelled as one of the most anticipated events of the carnival season, UWI brought no disappointments as avid attendees came out in full to partake, participate and party. […] The feature artiste “Monk Monte”, Machel Montano delivered a full performance with the full band, including Farmer Nappy, Alison Hinds and Skinny Fabulous.


UWI Fete 2014 – Great vibes at this fete, this is the place to hang out with your siblings or your parents and still see all your friends or your usual once a year, carnival only friends.  The crowd is not the youngest but it’s a great sampling  of Trinis of all ages.

Trinidad Carnival Diary

UWI Fete 2013 – It is without hesitation, I the D’ Party Maco do endorse this yearly event, simply because partygoers always seems to get their monies worth, something all other promoters should note.


UWI Fete 2013 – The theme this year was “Yalla” and I really liked that they tried to be cohesive with the theme from the time you entered the venue. Complimentary scarves were given along with your wristband which many people used to accessorize their outfit. Hookas,henna, belly dancing and even a decorated photo tent were all in keeping with theme.

Trinidad Carnival Diary

UWI Fete 2012 – Wow, I know the menu was available  on UWI Fete’s Facebook page for weeks leading up to the event but I was still impressed by the variety of food in person. […] Everything I had tasted great, no complaints. Kudos to the “fancy” square disposable plates that were used.

Trinidad Carnival Diary

UWI Fete 2012 – Dil-e-Nadan would go on to deliver a first class performance that had even fellow musicians commenting that they did a great job. […] KES the Band too did well on the evening […] where American actress, Tatyana Ali were dancing throughout their roughly 45 minute set. Later […] artistes such as the Black Stalin, Ronnie MacIntosh and Lord Nelson took the people back to the good not so old days performing some of their most loved hits of the years accompanied by Roy Cape.

Trinidad Express

UWI Fete 2012 – One female patron from New York shared, “I’ve been coming to UWI for the past eight years and every year it gets better. I flew into town just for this fete because it offers a diversity that I can’t encounter at any other party.”

Trinidad Guardian